Interior design team named for £400m development on First Street

Liverpool property management company Downing has appointed KKA, from a shortlist of five, to lead the interiors team on its £400million mixed-use scheme in First Street, Manchester.

Work is well advanced on the transformation site and KKA will be responsible for the interior design of 2,224 bedrooms and amenity space in three new towers rising to 45 stories, as well as working with SimpsonHaugh Architects and landscape consultant Optimized Environments (OPEN) to provide a community-centric public realm for the entire neighborhood.

The program includes one hectare of new landscaped public park and landscaped gardens, more than half of which are accessible to the general public.

With the addition of 140 new trees and the commercial units that open directly to them, this green space will boost biodiversity, improve air quality and improve the well-being of First residents and the wider community. Street and neighboring areas.

Andy Thomas, Operations Director at Downing, said: “First Street is a really important project for everyone in Downing, but also for everyone in Manchester. We are delighted to regenerate such an important piece of land in the heart of Manchester city centre.

“Our ambitions for the program are to create a community-centered neighborhood for residents to thrive in. We believe that having a large outdoor space will be central to this, not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to become a haven for residents to soak up the outdoors and meet and socialize with friends and their family.

The new development will create an urban residential village in the heart of Manchester. It will provide a premier downtown living in an affordable social environment.

It will feature over 2,224 rooms in a mix of accommodation types and price points, ranging from private studios to five-bedroom apartments, as well as conventional one- and two-bedroom apartments.

An extensive offering of indoor private amenities will be provided to complement the accommodations, along with 17,000 square feet of commercial leisure, dining and retail space.

Nicola Ball, Associate Interior Designer at KKA, said: “The entire team is extremely pleased to have been appointed to this significant transformation project in the heart of Manchester, which will be our largest mixed-use project to date. .

“The KKA Interiors team are delighted to push the boundaries of this project to deliver a first class and inspiring development for the end user. Located on the site of the historic gasworks, First Street has a considerable heritage and we plan to pay homage to it throughout our designs.